CA unveils network vulnerability service

Subscription-based service will help businesses find and solve system vulnerabilities

Computer Associates International has launched eTrust Managed Vulnerability Service, a subscription-based service to help businesses detect vulnerabilities and fix them.

The service is now available at a cost of $80 per network node per year for 5,000 nodes.

Rich Ptak, an analyst at Ptak Noel and Associates, said the service appears to be unique because it will provide businesses with the ability to co-manage network vulnerabilities.

Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier plans to adopt the service as soon as possible for 35,000 users globally. Alain Paquette, group infrastructure manager at Montreal-based Bombardier, said it makes sense for Bombardier to use the CA service since the company already has a full range of CA products.

Having access to vulnerability experts at CA will free up Bombardier's IT team to work on other long-term activities, Paquette said.

CA matched the announcement of the new service with a new security appliance, the eTrust Vulnerability Manager r8, to be used for vulnerability assessment, patch and configuration management, compliance analysis and automated remediation.

Matt Hamblen writes for IDG News Service

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